How I long for the simple childhood days when everything seemed possible. As we get older, our options just seem to get narrower, or at least it feels that way when I listen to the snubnose earnestly pondering about what she’ll do when she’s an adult.
Every year (and I am quite impressed that her ambitions even last a year), snubnose changes her mind about her future career, and I love how varied her choices have been so far.
It all started when she turned four years old. During our trip to Hong Kong and Thailand, we went through a number of airports and snubnose was star-struck at the security checks everywhere. She immediately and on the spot decided that she wanted to be an airport security checker.
At first, it was mildly amusing…and then it became infuriating as once she got home, she used her plastic shovel and security checked everyone who entered the house.
This phase lasted until mid next year when IPL cricket season started. I knew we were in trouble as soon as she saw the cheerleaders with their pompoms. She was dead set on being a cheerleader throughout 2 IPL seasons.
Here’s a rather blurry shot of snubnose trying out the steps:
Once Piglet came into our lives, and she saw me taking care of him, she decided that what she really, really wanted to be was a mother.
I explained to her that she could be a mother and have a career at the same time if she wanted. But no, she was adamant. She only wanted to be a mother. So, I told her she could practice mothering skills on the Piglet. And very quickly that ambition bit the dust :D.
After that, one day she woke up saying she dreamt that she owned a bow shop. A bow shop? What’s that, snubnose? I asked. She went into a long, incoherent explanation of how she and her friend were selling bows in a shop. So, I ask, only bows? Yup, according to snubnose, their shop will sell only bows.
I explained that there may not be enough shoppers to buy the bows, to which she promptly replied that all her friends would buy. Dubious mom accepted this explanation to keep the peace. Snubnose then went into a mad bow phase after that and it still sort of persists today, as evidenced by her posing in this new dress I got for her…
These days, she has ambitions of becoming a fashion designer. From the rough drawings that she has done, I think there may be some scope for her in this field.
I confess that I rather like the idea of snubnose turning fashion designer, and if snubnose eventually does join the ranks of 9-5 desk job workers, a small part of me will be a bit sad :(.
What ambitions did you have as a child? Do you still have the same interests? Did you eventually make a career of it?
I always wanted to be a writer, and well…here I am…I write technical docs (not novels like I dreamed of), and write this blog to satisfy my creative writing urges.